According to data from the National Crime Victimization Survey, the total violent crime victimization rate declined 22% from 2019 to 2020. Additionally, the rate of property crime victimization declined for the second year in a row. (Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Criminal Victimization, 2020, October 2021).
OJP’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is committed to enhancing the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. Learn more and access resources below.
Programs & Initiatives
Following are examples of programs and initiatives from OJP and the OJP program offices related to this topic:
- Directory of Crime Victim Services
- Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program
- National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW)
Also see the Victims & Victimization page on the CrimeSolutions website for ratings of related programs and practices. And, visit the Victims section of the Bureau of Justice Statistics website for data.
Training & Technical Assistance
Visit the following sites to learn about training and technical assistance services from and supported by OJP program offices:
Frequently Asked Questions
Some victims of crime file a civil suit against their offender or a third party to try to recover financial losses resulting from a crime. This is different from a criminal case that the state prosecutes to determine guilt.
In addition, if your case goes to criminal trial and the defendant is found guilty, you may want to make an inquiry with your attorney about requesting restitution during sentencing.
If you are the victim of a crime and are interested in receiving a referral for a civil attorney, you may request assistance through the National Crime Victim Bar Association by completing an online questionnaire.
The Office for Victims of Crime's Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials was created to support children and youth during their involvement with the justice system as a victim or witness to a crime.
For more information, see the National Survey of Children Exposed to Violence series from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Children Exposed to Violence section of the OJJDP website.
Also visit the National Institute of Justice's CrimeSolutions site, which provides evaluations of justice-related programs and practices, including programs aimed at working with and helping children exposed to violence.
The number of children abducted by individuals who are outside of their family is available in Nonfamily Abducted Children: National Estimates and Characteristics from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). For additional information, visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website. Also see Child Victims of Stereotypical Kidnappings Known to Law Enforcement in 2011, an OJJDP bulletin.